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YMMV / Suicide

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  • Ear Worm: The loop from "Ghost Rider" will never leave your head. Ever.
  • Epic Riff: "Ghost Rider", "Rocket USA", "Johnny," etc. Endless repetition guarantees you won't forget them soon.
  • First Installment Wins: The debut album has the most favorable reviews.
  • Nightmare Fuel: A lot of their songs fall into this, but "Frankie Teardrop" definitely qualifies. The two-note riff distorting slightly as it goes on (for ten minutes) is bad enough, but when Alan Vega starts letting out those blood-curdling screams? Some have called this song one of the most frightening songs of all time.
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  • Older Than They Think: A lot of people were surprised to learn that Alan Vega turned 70 in 2008. That would have made him almost 40 when the band's first album was released.
  • Sampled Up: "Ghost Rider" is the basis for M.I.A.'s "Born Free". The youtube video of Martin Rev performing with M.I.A., predictably, has a lot of comments asking who's the old guy who can't play the keyboards properly.
  • Signature Song: "Ghost Rider", "Frankie Teardrop", "Dream Baby Dream".
  • Vindicated by History: In the 1970s, Suicide were booed off many stages for their alienating songs and aggressive performances. Those songs, however, wound up inspiring many bands in what became Post-Punk, Industrial and Synth-Pop, not to mention giving a whole new perspective to Electronic Music.


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